Who doesn’t love gangster movies? Crime may not pay in real life, but it looks bloody cool onscreen! Here is our list of our favourite onscreen gangsters:
Vito Corleone (The Godfather)
When you think the gangster, the first person that comes in your head is Vito Corleone. Whether it is Marlon Brando’s older version or Robert De Niro’s young Vito, there is no finer, subtler and more cold-blooded criminal warlord on screen! Both portrayals were offers we just couldn’t refuse.
Tony Montana (Scarface)
If Don Corleone was subtle and cold-blooded, then Tony Montana was his complete antithesis, a hot-headed murdered who would destroy anything that stood in his way. ‘Say hello to my little friend’ still remains one of the most iconic dialogues of all time.
Al Capone (The Untouchables)
Robert De Niro makes our list again for his portrayal of real life gangster Al Capone in The Untouchables was perfect. Completely at ease selling booze during prohibition, Capone rules his empire with an iron fist and no conscience.
Mickey Cohen (Gangster Squad)
Sean Penn plays a sadist gangster based on the real Mickey Cohen who will do anything to get more. He rules the East Coast and still has the intense energy he had as a young boxer. Crazed and power-hungry, he has a foul mouth and a psychopathic tendency to dispatch anyone who crosses him.
Frank Costello (The Departed)
Irish-American mobster Frank Costello runs a criminal empire in South Boston and is downright crazy compared to other gangsters. He loves women, openly mocks the police and even toys with a severed hand on the dinner table.
Tommy DeVito (The Goodfellas)
Perhaps, the most comical gangster in the list is Tommy DeVito played by Joe Pesci in The Goodfellas. Tommy has a very short temper and a weirdly funny voice and gets into some serious trouble when he kills another mobster who mocks him.